ISO develops the standard for privacy by design for consumer goods and services

16 May 2018

The international organisation for standardization (ISO) assembled a working group on drafting the cybersecurity standards around consumer’s electronics to ensure the consumer privacy is embedded into the design. This standard is also referred as ‘privacy by design’ standard. The ISO project committee, ISO/PC 317 will also look at the impact of artificial intelligence, data protection and sharing economy on the future of consumer experience. Working group will work having on mind the set of standards related to the cybersecurity and consumers electronics (IT Security techniques). The concept of privacy by design is already featured in a recent EU General Data Protection Regulation.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

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